Benetton's 'communication research centre, Fabrica has revealed two interactive artworks that will be showing at the V&A's Decode: Digital Design Sensations exhibition, which opens in December. Decode is curated by the London institution and arts organization onedotzero.
Venetian Mirror is a large scale interactive installation blending contemporary digital technology with traditional Venetian glass. The cut of the glass pieces resemble a broken mirror -- an allusion to the fragility of time. The combination of high tech and traditional design invites the audience to reflect on the duality of new and old, and the mystery of time itself. It is an interactive piece that Fabrica says engages the sense of proprioceptivity - the sense of oneself and one’s body, in the here-and-now.
When the visitor walks up to the installation, their image doesn’t immediately appear in the mirror. Only if they keep very still, will the reflection slowly appear, like a photograph being developed. Venetian Mirror is by Andy Cameron and Sam Baron with Oriol Ferrer Mesia, Goncalo Campos and Dave Towey.
Exquisite Clock is a clock made of numbers taken from everyday life – seen, captured and uploaded by people from all over the world. Built around an online database, the clock exists as a web 2.0 website, an iPhone application and as a series of site specific installations. The V&A Exquisite Clock is a hanging sculpture of deconstructed computers, screens and cables which visitors are invited to contribute to and interact with. Exquisite Clock is by Joao Wilbert.
The inclusion of Venetian Mirror and Exquisite Clock in this major exhibition is the recognition of Fabrica’s role in exploring new approaches to the creative use of technology, and puts the creative laboratory of Benetton firmly at the centre of the most exciting, innovative and creative developments taking place in the arts and design today.
Decode also features the work of two well known artists who have taken their first steps at Fabrica: We Feel Fine by Jonathan Harris was first shown in ‘I’ve Been Waiting for You’, a Fabrica group show of interactive and relational art at the Triad, Seoul as part of the Seoul Biennale in 2006. It data mines expressions of personal emotion taken from anonymous blogs and displays them as colourful clouds of floating text.
The Replenishing Body by Ross Phillips is an award winning interactive video installation in which the viewer is invited to put themselves into the picture. An earlier version of this work titled ‘VideoGrid’ was part of the Fabrica show DARE at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York in 2003.